Book Review

[Review] Degrees of Love – Lisa Slabach [Blog Tour]

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Welcome to the Ginger Mom’s stop on the Degrees of Love blog tour, hosted by the wonderful iRead Book Tours! (See? I told you I had a problem and couldn’t stop requesting books . . . )
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Degrees of Love
by Lisa Slabach
iRead Book Tour
Publisher: BookBaby
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 344
Format Read: Paperback
Source: Author for Review
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Chapters Indigo
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Like the shiny new BMW parked in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two boys, Susan Sinclair exudes confidence and style. Newly promoted to a prestigious Senior Vice President position at her firm, Susan is the picture of personal and professional success.

Yet appearances are deceiving. With each advance in Susan’s career, Matt has grown more distant. But he refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had, forces herself to play along.

Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. She and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time, Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is.

In a moment of weakness, friendship becomes something more. Now, unable to stomach the facade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything – including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.

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Wow.

I really wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. I have very strong morals and views about cheating. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. I think one of the biggest things I liked was that Susan didn’t go into the affair thinking she was in the right. She acknowledged her feelings for Reese many times, but always felt guilt over what she was doing to her husband. It made it really easy for me to get sucked into the story and hope everything worked out for Susan, though I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted that to happen. Stay with Matt? Or move on with Reese? And of course, there are the kids to consider.

Again, wow.

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My review focuses mostly on the characters. After all, that’s really all this book is. It’s the story of an affair but it’s the characters that stuck out to me.

Susan. She’s an executive and a mom. She’s lonely. Her husband doesn’t give her the attention she craves. Enter sexy young boss. Sparks fly, she tries to deny it, then . . . well, we all know what happens. I didn’t agree with her actions but I felt for her many times throughout this book.

Matt. I didn’t like him at first. He is painted as the pretty boring, neglectful husband. The book focuses on Susan and her craving for attention and love. And in the first half of the book, it looks like Matt just doesn’t care. He has his moments, of course. But, even though I felt bad for him because of Susan’s actions, I couldn’t like him as a character.

And that brings us to Reese. The fire that ignites Susan’s dormant passionate nature. I would definitely say his ambitiousness borders on semi-control freak at times. But he has his romantic side through much of the book and, though I wanted things to work out with Susan and Matt, I also wanted them to work out for her and Reese (I know, I’m not conflicted at all!).

There were so many emotional ups and downs through this book. I will say, though, that I was pleased with how it all wrapped up.

Want to hear more about the woman behind this book? Stop by tomorrow for our interview with author Lisa Slabach! And, before I forget, there’s also a GIVEAWAY with this tour 🙂 5 winners, open Internationally wherever Amazon ships to . . . you could win a signed copy of Degrees of Love or a $25 Amazon gift card! So don’t forget to go enter before it’s over! 

Until tomorrow 🙂
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3 thoughts on “[Review] Degrees of Love – Lisa Slabach [Blog Tour]”

  1. I read this book a while ago and I was as conflicted as you were. I did not want to like the characters but I did anyway. Great review!
    I was away for a while from the blog and commenting and here I am, back. Expect more of my comments again.

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